What’s on

Mixed Media Wall Plaques, Tullie House, Carlisle (21st April)  

Join Deb Wainwright for an intimate class considering how to turn the most weird and wonderful of your beloved stuff into a beautifully crafted mixed media wall plaque, incorporating acrylic paint sprays and stencils.    

Folk Art exhibition, Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Kendal (to 14th April) 

This exciting show pays homage to the Lake District's long-standing history of art in the community. The exhibition takes a look at people's motivations for making beautiful things and meets some of the area's biggest characters.    

Dove Cottage Poetry Group, Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere (monthly)

There could be no more perfect place to discover or reconnect with a love of poetry than by the fire at Wordsworth's Dove Cottage. Meet with a likeminded group led by Grasmere poet Polly Atkin to pore over her selection of works that reflect the seasons. 

Ruskin and the Grotesque exhibition, John Ruskin's House, Coniston (to 8th April)

The month that brings us Valentines may not seem like the most obvious time to take a trip into the grotesque, but there is much beauty to be found there. In this fascinating exhibition, works by Jill Rock celebrate Ruskin at his most gnarly. 

A Herstory of Keswick, Keswick Museum (to 10th May)

This immersive exhibition allows you to take a step back in time to the Victorian Keswick of the 1800s and discover the stories of some of the most important women who were making a stand and a difference in the area.   

Fyne Fish Sushi School, Cockermouth (ongoing)

Don't forget to invite your friends over for dinner after your day at Fyne Fish's sushi school. Not only will you leave with new knowledge on everything from flavour combos to making nigiri platters and a full sushi making kit; you'll also take home enough sushi for dinner for eight.        

BBC Philharmonic, Kendal Leisure Centre (28th April) 

Roll out the red carpet, the BBC Philharmonic are coming to town. They;ll be playing Debussy, Elgar and Bartók under the watchful eye of conductor Duncan Ward and they'll be joined by cellist Leonard Elschenbroich for Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor. Don't miss the pre-concert talk at 6.30 pm. 

Ordnance Pavilion, Langdale Estate (until August) 
Studio Mutt is an architecture, art and design practice based in London and Liverpool working on what they describe as "the fringes of architectural culture". This hypercolour interactive pavilion is "a monument to the Ordnance Survey and the retriangulation of Britain between 1935 and 1962". It's exactly the sort of innovation that the Lakes deserves.  

Mountains We Made, Grizedale Forest (until August)

Another part of the Lakes Ignite project, Mountains We Made is a breathtaking and organcic installation constructed from sustainably sourced oak from Grizedale Forest. Artist Charlie Whinney hopes you'll walk along sections of Lake District mountains created from steam bent wood and fully immerse in his carefully constructed experience.

An Evening with Jason Robinson, Beggar's Theatre (27th April)  

Jason ‘Billy Whizz’ Robinson OBE was a huge English rugby league and rugby union player of the 1990s and 2000s, winning fifty-one rugby union international caps for England. At this intimate evening he'll talk candidly about everything from growing up with a single mother to overcoming depression and battles with alcohol. He is sure to be an inspiration.